Cissus hypoglauca—Five-leaved Water Vine, Giant Water Vine.—VITACEAE

Cissus hypoglauca

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Habitat—In most rainforest types and eucalypt margins.

Distribution— North from the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, New South Wales (West to Rylston.) and Queensland.

Description— Liana or large woody, vigorous tendril climber; can live 200 years and grow to 400+ meters.
Stems: thick, usually hairless, young shoots rusty hairy.
Tendrils: usually 2 branched; opposite a leaf.

Local occurrences

Barrington/Gloucester Tops, Black Head, Black Head Flora Park, Booti Hill, Cape Hawke, Cellito, Charlotte Head, Copeland, Crowdy Bay National Park, Diamond Beach, Dixon Property, Elizabeth Beach, Golden Ponds Reserve, Karloo Street Reserve, Knappinghat Nature Reserve, One Mile Beach, Penenton Creek and Wetlands, Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, Saltwater Nature Reserve, Sea Acres National Park, Seven Mile Beach and Green Point, Talawahl Nature Reserve, Tiona, Waitui Falls, Wallingat National Park, Wingham Brush and Zamia Place Reserve.

Leaves.— Compound, alternate, tendrils opposite leaf, palmate, central leaflet largest;
Leaflets: 3 to 15 cm long, 1 .5 to 4cm wide, margins entire or sparsely toothed; toothed on juveniles; upper surface green, hairless, lower surface grey—green and usually finely hairy. New growth reddish.
Venation: mid—rib sunken on upper surface.

Cissus hypoglauca
Cissus hypoglauca

Inflorescence— Small, about 5 mm, bright yellow, in cymes.

Flowering.—May to July.

Fruit—: Round berry, 10-15 mm, purplish black, often with greyish bloom.
Seeds: 2—4.

Ripe.—Spring to Summer.

Cissus hypoglauca